If you’ve been looking for an easy vegan dressing that can be whipped up in about 2-minutes flat, we’ve got you covered. This oil-free 3-ingredient dressing is fabulous on more than salads too.
This recipe is great on pasta and bean salads, as well as regular garden salads. With only three ingredients required, it’s likely you’ve already got everything needed on-hand.
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3-2-1 Esselstyn Dressing Ingredients:
Substitutions and tweaks
Another great thing is that these ingredients can be switched out with other variations if desired. For instance, though the recipe calls for balsamic vinegar, other vinegars such as pomegranate, red wine, as well as others can be substituted.
The same goes for the mustard. I personally like Dijon in this dressing, but brown spicy, yellow, and others would likely be delicious too.
If maple syrup isn’t a favorite for you, try agave, brown rice syrup, or other sweetener of your choice.
Other recipes 3-2-1 Dressing goes well with
Recently, I demoed Easy 4-Bean Salad in a Food for Life class I was teaching, and I decided to use this dressing instead of the regular Italian dressing called for in the recipe. It was amazing and got rave reviews from class participants. Everyone was delighted to see that it was so easy to make.
Pasta salads are another great option for this dressing. This Easy Vegan Pasta Salad is a terrific recipe that calls for a very similar dressing, but 3-2-1 Dressing could easily be substituted to make it even simpler.
So who is Esselstyn?
Jane Esselstyn is a fresh and charismatic voice on the plant-based, whole food diet. She brings her perspective and passion as a long-time health and sexuality educator to creating on-ramps to the plant-based way of life. Jane is an avid and inventive designer of plant-based recipes and the co-author of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook with her next door neighbor and mom, Ann. —Esselstyn website
Other great salad dressings
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- 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (or other vinegar)
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard (or yellow, brown, spicy)
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or other sweetener)Instructions
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl, or shake up in a jar.
Pour over garden salad, bean salad, or pasta salad.